Semi, with no driver, crashes through fence at E-town little league park

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on July 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 7:15 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Remarkably no one was hurt Tuesday when an unmanned-semi truck loaded with heavy machinery plowed through a little league practice. 

The coach told WHAS11 News what it was like to be on that field and in the line of fire.  Investigators say there wasn't anyone behind the wheel.

Chuck Foushee was coaching his team of 11-year-old all stars when he saw a semi truck on the hill heading directly for them.

The runaway truck had been parked in the back lot of Elizabethtown Community College.  Loaded up with an asphalt paver and roller, it took off across the parking lot picking up momentum as it went down the hill across University Drive and through the baseball field.  Witnesses say the truck wasn't the main concern to the players; the danger was the 30 feet of chain link the semi was pushing in front of it.

The truck finally came to a stop after crashing into the bleachers and destroying equipment.  The cab was locked, so employees with Scotty’s Paving, who owns the truck, had to break a window to get inside.

There's no official word on what exactly caused the tractor to take off.  However those involved are less concerned about the mystery of what happened than the miracle that no one was injured.

WHAS11’s Karma Dickerson talked with parents and law enforcement officials Wednesday, click the video player above for more on the story.
 

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